Thread regarding Whiting Petroleum Corp. layoffs

Angry employees or toxic culture?

Hello everyone. I'm a freelance journalist in the Denver area and some of my work as been published in a local business journal. One of my colleagues is currently working on a story about favors and protection within the HR department. While that was what I originally wanted to investigate, she already has the assignment. If anyone has specifics please post anonymously via this site as she is also watching the posts closely. Placing a former report charge of HR is highly unethical and this story will likely break in the second half of the year.

I noticed that some posts have been removed and I'm wondering if that's at the request of Whiting or it's at the discretion of thelayoff.com. The story I'd like to cover is on who was referred to as "Blisters" Robinson. We've done similar stories on the past of fast tracking employees with no basis of merit. It seems like favoritism and 'pay for play' is rampant in the organization and I'd like to know more for this story. I know that Brad Holly is gone, but would like to understand who he mentored and if the culture he created is going to be part of his legacy. I would also like to understand how the last RIF and subsequent reorginzation affected longer term employees and how many of the Anadarko employees that Mr. Holly brought with him were laid off. There will likely be overlap between the stories and it could all roll up into one.

We also caught wind of a recent development of an executive awarding a large contract to a relative.

What we are seeing on here is shocking but we need to know if it's just disgruntled employees or a culture that's gone off the rails.

Please keep posting as this may be the only way we get to the truth.

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Post ID: @OP+19aepIzz

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Go away, troll.

If you were a real journalist you would sign your name and leave a contact for people to reach you.
You would know what netiquette is and what’s the difference between a news story and a slander.
You would know what Privacy Act is and when you can and when you can’t disclose someone’s PII.
You would be able to find and read the website rules or contact the site owner instead of asking us about the post disappearance.

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Post ID: @1ukq+19aepIzz

Someone needs to come up with a name for this soap opera. More drama here than in anything I could imagine, sounds like maybe a lot of truth, maybe allot of things that should have been brought out. Probably not going to make any difference in any bodies lives any way , so no sense in getting bent out of shape. All these guys have enough money for the best lawyers so don’t sound like it will go anywhere. Apparently the big dog got away with one of the worst things by paying someone off, so goes to show you that money can by love.

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Post ID: @rdk+19aepIzz

To Employed - thanks for your insight, but "go get a job/life" attitude simply doesn't cut it, the problem persists. If you got over it and don't have too much time on your hands - we are happy for you, but also - what are you doing on this website? Asking for a friend

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Post ID: @nyi+19aepIzz

I don’t believe for a second you are a journalist. Clever post though. On the off chance you are, here is the scoop:

It’s is 3-5 bitter disgruntled employees raging here. Whiting has big room for improvement including with regard to culture. But the libelous claims here are laughable and only a fool would take seriously.

Here is a story and the truth: for decades, mostly men were in this business and as a result the people with experience were old dudes. Now, in an industry with still 80% men, ESG forces 40% female managers. What does that mean? Men are less than half as likely to be promoted than women. And all the old guys had to be removed to make room. Fair would be a percentage equal to the overall demographics. The result is a lot of angry dudes who have stagnated careers. There are some good female managers here but many were promoted beyond their experience and abilities. It didn’t help with morale of the 80% being discriminated against who knew the best leaders we had got cut early for being old guys. Everyone knows ageism and s-xism were a factor in who got laid off as much as the cronyism helped some that didn’t. The final result is a bunch of young, inexperienced, under qualified managers instead of the seasoned hands that were all fired. So the last three years have been the inexperienced leaders trying to climb the learning curve with many failures along the way. The rank and file rightfully resent the failures resulting from these policies. I don’t care what someone looks like, I just care about them being good at their job. That goes double for leaders. It stinks but the whole industry has done this, not just Whiting. Direct your ire to the policies. Not the people.

Some guy will probably say I’m with HR or someone up high. I’m not. Do I love this company and my job? Nope. I do at least have a sense of decency and affinity for the truth. The hateful comments here are childish and pathetic. I came here for the lay-off leaks. These few With their personal vendettas are getting annoying.

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Post ID: @xqs+19aepIzz

They lay claim that the layoffs were just random that’s b—s—. They laid off key employees and kept some that had no business staying. As far as having an HR department if you could get ahold of one you we’re lucky. They fired all them to. The circle is tight and if you spoke your mind the a– kissers would turn you in . Then you were on the radar and they didn’t want that you were supposed to follow the yellow line and don’t veer off it. Don’t disrupt the style or change things.

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Post ID: @xja+19aepIzz

If these guys were as good at running an oil company as they are at politics and piracy, they'd probably actually be able to make a profit. Unfortunately, it's not about making money for shareholders. They've already proven that. Investigate HR and the rest will all fall into place. That's my suggestion. I'm not there anymore and really don't care, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is already a few lawsuits in the works.

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Post ID: @nlo+19aepIzz
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